HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Apr 29, 2021 at 10:10 am
HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe Picture
3.1
Family
5.9
Small/Home Office
6.4
Student
7.8
Black & White
2.7
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color No
SuperTank
No

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe is an all-in-one monochrome printer. It's a very good option for small offices that primarily print in black and white but occasionally need to scan some simple text documents. It yields many black-only text pages at a very low cost-per-print. While it has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder, the resolution maxes at 600 DPI and 300 DPI, respectively. Unfortunately, there's no duplex scanning feature, which may be a bother if you frequently need to scan long, double-sided documents often.

Our Verdict

3.1 Family

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe is bad for family use. It can’t print in color, and photos look grainy and have a lot of banding. While it has a flatbed scanner, the resolution maxes at 600 DPI, which may not be enough to scan an item with small details, like a photo or pencil sketch.

Pros
  • Incredibly low cost-per-print.
  • Very high black page yield.
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth support.
  • Flatbed scanner resolution maxes at 600 DPI.
  • Can't print in color.
  • Terrible photo quality.
5.9 Small/Home Office

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe is disappointing for small or home offices. It prints very slow, and it doesn’t have a duplex scanning feature, so double-sided documents may be tedious to scan since you need to flip over each sheet manually. Also, it can’t print in color, which may be an issue if you need to print graphs or diagrams in color. While it has a flatbed scanner and an ADF, the resolution maxes at 600 DPI and 300 DPI, respectively. On the bright side, this well-built printer has a high page yield and a low cost-per-print.

Pros
  • Incredibly low cost-per-print.
  • Very high black page yield.
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Flatbed scanner resolution maxes at 600 DPI.
  • Can't print in color.
6.4 Student

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe is mediocre for students. It's slow at printing, and the first page takes a fair amount of time to come out. Also, it can't print in color, and it doesn't support printing via Bluetooth or off a USB thumb drive. On the bright side, it has a remarkably low cost-per-print and several other wireless connectivity options.

Pros
  • Incredibly low cost-per-print.
  • Very high black page yield.
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth support.
  • Flatbed scanner resolution maxes at 600 DPI.
  • Can't print in color.
7.8 Black & White

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe is good for black and white printing. While it’s disappointingly slow at printing text documents, it has a high page yield and a very low cost-per-print. It’s a well-built laser model that provides easy access to paper jams and the toner cartridge. Also, there’s both a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder. Unfortunately, it can’t perform duplex scanning, which may be a bother if you need to scan large, double-sided documents often.

Pros
  • Incredibly low cost-per-print.
  • Very high black page yield.
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Flatbed scanner resolution maxes at 600 DPI.
2.7 Casual Photo

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe isn’t designed for photo printing. It can’t print in color, and images are grainy and have a lot of banding present.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Can't print in color.
  • Terrible photo quality.
  • 3.1 Family
  • 5.9 Small/Home Office
  • 6.4 Student
  • 7.8 Black & White
  • 2.7 Casual Photo

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White/Gray LaserJet MFP M234sdwe
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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe feels sturdy and well-designed. It has a removable power cord, making it easy to replace if necessary. You can easily access paper jams by pulling down a cover at the rear and the toner cartridge by lifting the flatbed scanner base. The printer has adjustable width sliders that are part of the body below the paper tray but not a part of the paper tray itself. The display panel can fold upwards to provide easier access to the input tray and width sliders, and when down, it acts as a cover for the input paper tray. Unfortunately, the output tray is thin and feels a little flimsy. Also, the scanner lid’s hinges can’t raise to fit thick items like a magazine or textbook.

Design
Dimensions
Height 11.6" (29.5 cm)
Width 16.5" (41.9 cm)
Depth 16.5" (41.8 cm)
Weight
20.9 lbs (9.5 kg)
4.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.6" (4.1 cm)
Touchscreen No

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe has a small, monochrome LCD screen. It has good visibility if you look at it from the left side, but the text is harder to read from the right side. There are many touch-sensitive buttons around the screen, including Copy, ID Card, Information, Wireless, Resume, and Cancel. The power button is a physical button with a status light. Right above the screen, there are four status lights to alert when paper or cartridge is low, if there's an error, or when to open the lid to flip over an ID card (specific to the ID copy mode). Note that these lights are unlit in our photo.

Design
In The Box

  • Quick Start Guide
  • Input paper tray
  • HP 134A toner
  • Power cord

8.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
N/A
Black Cartridge Model
HP 134A Black
Tested Black Page Yield
100.71 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1913 prints
Color Cartridge Model
No Color Cartridge
Tested Color Page Yield
N/A
Estimated Color Page Yield
N/A
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
X
Drum Unit
In The Cartridge

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe yields many black ink pages, so you shouldn’t need to replace the toner cartridge too often. There's also a high-yield version of the toner cartridge available that should last you longer, although we didn’t test it. Note that this is an HP+ printer that accepts original HP cartridges only.

6.4
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
600 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe has both a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder. Unfortunately, it can’t automatically process double-sided documents, so you need to manually flip over each sheet, which may be a hassle if you have a long document to scan. Also, the flatbed scan resolution maxes at 600 DPI, which may not be enough for items with small details, like photos or sketches; however, it should be enough for simple black and white text documents. Note that the ADF’s maximum resolution is 300 DPI. We had to uninstall and install the HP desktop program twice during testing to get the scan feature to work.

Printing
9.4
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
48.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
N/A
Black Only Printing
0.026 US$/print
Color Printing
N/A
Photo Printing
N/A
Ink Subscription
Optional

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe has a remarkably low cost-per-print. This printer is an HP+ enabled printer with a six-month subscription to the HP Instant Ink delivery service.

7.2
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
9 PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
25.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
14.0 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
150 pages

The printing speed is decent. The first page takes a fair amount of time to come out, but subsequent pages get a bit faster from there. According to HP, the HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe uses Instant-On Technology, which means the printer takes less time to warm up and get the first page out. Despite this feature, the first page still takes a fair amount of time. Note that our test results are much slower than the advertised 30 PPM. We tested the speed at different times of the day and changed the connection method, but our results were consistent.

0
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A
1.3
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

As a monochrome laser printer, the HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe isn’t meant for printing photos. However, the black contrast is very bold, while other laser printers we’ve tested are usually more faded.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the photo print quality.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe supports a wide range of paper sizes and material types, including laser paper, vellum paper, envelopes, labels, cardstock, and postcards.

Mobile App And Connectivity
8.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes
7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name HP Smart
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
No
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The HP Smart app lets you print, copy, and scan from your mobile device. You can also access printer settings and reports, manage your Instant Ink account, and use the Private Pickup feature, which only prints your documents when you’re physically near the printer.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe comes in white only. It has a variant called the HP LaserJet MFP M234sdw, which seems identical, but it doesn’t come with a six-month subscription to HP Instant Ink. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe is similar to other monochrome laser printers. While it's awful at printing photos, it's great at printing black and white documents thanks to its very high page yield and low cost-per-print. Unfortunately, it's missing many important features seen on other office printers, like a high flatbed scanner resolution, a duplex scanning feature, and fast printing speed.

For other options, check out our recommendations for the best black and white printers, the best printers for small businesses, and the best laser printers.

Brother MFC-L2750DW

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe and the Brother MFC-L2750DW are monochrome laser printers, but the Brother is better overall. The Brother has an automatic document feeder with a duplex scanning feature, a higher flatbed resolution, and prints significantly faster. Also, it has a slightly higher page yield with a marginally lower cost-per-print.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e and the HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe are small office printers, but the 9015e is a color inkjet, and the M234sdwe is a monochrome laser. The 9015e is overall a better choice thanks to its color printing capability, ADF, duplex scanning feature, and higher flatbed scanner resolution. It also prints much faster than the M234sdwe and holds more paper in its input tray. However, the M234sdwe yields more black pages and has a slightly lower cost-per-print, so it may be a better choice if you only need to print monochrome documents and don't want to replace the cartridge as often.

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe and the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 are both small office printers, but the 7740 is an inkjet, and the M234sdwe is a laser. The 7740 has a large flatbed scanner that's wide enough to scan tabloid size and an automatic document feeder with a duplex scanning feature. Also, it prints significantly faster, supports printing off a USB thumb drive, and can also print in color, which is great if you need to print color documents or photos. On the other hand, the M234sdwe yields significantly more black pages, but it lacks the ADF and duplex scanning that the 7740 has.

Brother HL-L2395DW Laser

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe and the Brother HL-L2395DW Laser are both monochrome laser printers. While the Brother doesn't have a sheetfed scanner like the HP does, it has a higher flatbed scanner resolution, which may be important if you often scan items with small details, like in a photo or pencil sketch. Also, the Brother prints significantly faster. However, the HP has a higher page yield, a lower cost-per-print, and an automatic document feeder, so it may be a better choice if you print and scan multi-page documents often. Note that because it's an HP+ printer, you can only use original HP cartridges with it.

Canon imageCLASS MF445dw

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe and the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw are monochrome laser printers, but the Canon performs better overall. The Canon has a significantly higher page yield, a duplex scanning feature, and a much faster printing speed. Also, its input tray can hold more than double what the HP can, and it supports printing off a USB thumb drive.

HP LaserJet M209dwe

The HP LaserJet M209dwe and the HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe are similar monochrome laser printers, but the M234sdwe is better overall. The M234sdwe has a flatbed scanner, an automatic document feeder, and a slightly higher page yield. Both models have nearly identical printing speeds, although the M234sdwe is marginally slower at warming up and producing the first page. Each comes with a free six-month subscription to the HP Instant Ink service, and neither accept third-party toner cartridges.

HP LaserJet MFP M234dw

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe and the HP LaserJet MFP M234dw are very similar monochrome laser printers. They yield a similar number of pages at the same cost-per-print, and they have the same connectivity options. However, the M234sdwe may be a better choice for some office uses since it has an automatic document feeder. It also comes with six months of free ink through the HP Instant Ink delivery service, so you won't need to worry about buying cartridges yourself. On the other hand, the M234dw prints much quicker, which may make it a better choice if you don't like waiting long for your documents. Also, if you don't need to scan very often, the M234dw's lack of an ADF may not be a dealbreaker for you.

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